Tidbits: Glenn Beck and Yom Kippur

  • In a Huffington Post piece entitled "Glenn Beck: The Grinch Who Stole Yom Kippur," the NJDC’s Aaron Keyak wonders why the TV host declared a "day of Fast and Prayer for the Republic" on the Jewish Day of Atonement.  Was it so he could take credit for millions already fasting?
  • Reps. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) talk education and other issues with the Orthodox Union
  • Genesis at the Crossroads, an organization which brings cultures together through music, pulls out of an Egyptian performance after being told that it can’t mention anything about religion.
  • Former AIPAC head Tom Dine is now lobbying and consulting for al-Hurra television, the U.S.-funding competition to Al-Jazeera. The Washington Post’s Al Kamen notes, "So now a government-funded station that seeks to influence the Arab world sends a former AIPAC lobbyist to the Hill. Well, might see an increase in viewers in Israel."
  • Kamen also had the story last week of a congressional aide whose green Washington Nationals cap got mistaken for pro-Hamas headgear by an Israeli security guard. (Apparently, the big problem was the green color, so wearing a cap in the actual team colors of red and blue in Israel should be fine)

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